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Man shot by police during gunfight identified

August 11 – CANTON – The man who was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in a shootout with law enforcement officers has been identified as Shawn G. Sheridan, 34, of Canton.

Sheridan was located in a remote wooded area off Donnerville Road in the St. Lawrence County town of Russell by members of the New York State Police and the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office who searched for him shortly before 1 p.m.

Sheridan was heavily armed and, according to police, shot at law enforcement officers.

Gunfire was exchanged and Sheridan was shot by a trooper, police said Thursday. He was pronounced dead on the spot.

A state police K-9 dog was hit by the suspect’s gunfire, police said. The dog was taken to a local animal hospital for treatment.

The trooper was not injured in the incident.

The New York State Attorney General’s Office is investigating the incident in conjunction with the New York State Police as part of the proceedings.

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Sheridan was wanted for failing to appear in court for sentencing, the attorney general’s office said.

Two guns and a bandolier (belt to hold ammunition) were recovered at the scene, the attorney general’s office said.

The investigation is ongoing and future updates will be posted to the State Police Newsroom as they become available.

An autopsy for Sheridan was scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

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